Ethiopian Airlines announced on Thursday that Black Box from ET 302, Nairobi bound flight which crashed six minutes after takeoff from Bole international airport, and flight controllers’ rooms recorded voice is sent to France for analysis.
Ethiopian Airlines announced the news on its Twitter page on Thursday.
- “An Ethiopian delegation led by Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has flown the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) to Paris, France for investigation.”
Ethiopia’s Accident Investigation Bureau initially requested, as reported by media outlets with insider information, authorities from Germany to analyze the flight recorder but they decline on alleged grounds that they do not have the software.
As well, there was unconfirmed news circulating on social media on Wednesday that the flight recorder is headed to the UK.
The United States requested to analyze the flight box but Ethiopian authorities declined for “proximity and speed” reasons as Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam told CNN.
Analysts, however, seem to think that Ethiopia declined to get the analysis of voice recorder done in the United States for reasons of conflict of interest as the manufacturer of the aircraft, Boeing, is an American company.
News published by nbcnews, after ET302 crash, on March 10, 2019, near Bishoftu – about 44 kilometers to the southeast of Addis Ababa, says “Several American pilots submitted complaints about the Boeing 737 Max aircraft months before the same model crashed in Ethiopia on Sunday, killing 157 people. ”
In October 2018, Lion Air’s same model of Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed in Indonesia minutes after takeoff from the capital Jakarta.
Noting the similarity of circumstances under which two brand new Boeing 737 Max 8 planes crashed, one in Indonesia and the other one in Ethiopia – this past Sunday, in a span of five months, many countries around the world grounded Boeing 737 Max. The United States followed suit yesterday and ordered same plane models be grounded.
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